Windows 7: Major announcements in the coming weeks

PC Pro is reporting that, in a briefing at Microsoft's London headquarters, Microsoft's Windows OEM Manager, Laurence Painell has told there will be a couple of additional, quite major announcements regarding Windows 7 in the coming weeks.

Painell claimed 99% of the top 200 software titles are already compatible with Windows 7 and that most of the applications compatible with Windows Vista will be compatible with Windows 7. Painell said that Microsoft is aware that the majority of businesses are still running Windows XP and that Microsoft will help companies to continue running Windows XP software on Windows 7 desktops through Enterprise Desktop Virtualisation (MED-V) software, but also added:

"There was some misconception that I [as a business] could skip Vista and go to Windows 7, and all those incompatibilities would go away. That's not the case."

If we are indeed getting some major announcements then we can expect some major upgrades for OEMs and if we are lucky enough, we can also expect the Windows 7 release dates. We earlier reported about the Windows 7 Upgrade Program being shifted to June 26, 2009 from June 28, 2009. According to the new schedule, end users who purchase PCs pre-installed with Windows Vista between the dates June 26, 2009 to January 31, 2010 are eligible for a free Windows 7 upgrade.

Neowin has already predicted that select testers can expect the RC Escrow build of Windows 7 later this April and a public RC release at the end of May. A page appeared earlier on Microsoft's TechNet website hinting May for the release of Windows 7 RC.

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well, I installed vista. and it crashes my system whenever it feels so. Could be burning a disc, checking email. could be listening to music. could be watching the wallpaper and it reboots. XP is rock solid, and don't spontaniously reboot.

So I may be in that 10% of anti-vista folks, but its not because of people or media or any bad reviews... Its because the software literally does not work, even with SP1 and all the latest drivers. It crashes. With a Q6600 system, with a $300 asus mainboard. I install XP and it works. Same hardware, same configuration.. Its unacceptible to have it crashing. Its a waste of my license fee. Windows 7 hasn't crashed yet, even on a system with 1.3GHz 500MB ram... I am sure RTM will change that tho

To everyone who thinks their going to get a free upgrade to a new, better OS, is very much mistaken.

Microsoft is a business, there not going to develop this awesome new OS, then say to everyone oh yeah here you go, have it for free. It's an operating system for heavens sake, not a spyware remover..

At the end of the day you bought Vista, and you'll end up buying 7, and Microsoft know that. And the reality is that 90% of people i know are happy with Vista, and the remaining 10% are people who are only going by old anti-vista hype.

"There was some misconception that I [as a business] could skip Vista and go to Windows 7, and all those incompatibilities would go away. That's not the case."

DUH do ya think so? Maybe this is why Microsoft has been recommending that businesses get started on Vista and not to wait around for Windows 7. Too bad you didn't pay any attention..


Painell claimed 99% of the top 200 software titles are already compatible with Windows 7
Really? And who has the authority to decide what the top 200 software titles are?

I think he's saying that he struggled with Windows Me and hasn't been able to do any better for himself with Vista.

Let's hope it's not a UI change.

MS and "last minute" UI changes...Luna ring a bell?

The current UI is going in the right direction, I hope they will just keep refining that so we have a nice consistent UI.

k7of9 said,
Let's hope it's not a UI change.

MS and "last minute" UI changes...Luna ring a bell?

The current UI is going in the right direction, I hope they will just keep refining that so we have a nice consistent UI.

It looks to much like Vista right now and that makes it more difficult to sell.

hardgiant said,


It looks to much like Vista right now and that makes it more difficult to sell.


Not really... the only thing thats really the same are the title bars.

hardgiant said,


It looks to much like Vista right now and that makes it more difficult to sell.

It looks quite a bit different from Vista for anyone who looks beyond a screenshot. 7 is much more refined than Vista. Sure the glass and so is there but I don´t think a complete major overhaul to Windows is going to do any good. They should stick with a look and keep improving and refining that.

I hope they "refine" the Start button gem into something that fits better with the taskbar when it's using large icons..

hardgiant said,
2. Free Upgrade


I was just going to mention Microsoft should make Windows 7 a free upgrade, but free to everyone who owns a copy of Windows Vista regardless of Vista's version...!


"There was some misconception that I [as a business] could skip Vista and go to Windows 7, and all those incompatibilities would go away. That's not the case."

From that bit ,it would seem to say Vista to 7 no probs, XP to 7 your in trouble, unless i misinterpret.

XP to Vista was worse, I think a lot of people will look hard at Win7. Lets face it, if you need XP for legacy stuff only, it's time to put that pc in the corner and get a new one...
Unfortunate, but it happens. (Can't believe i'm saying that!)

Maybe the ability to personalize the Aero glass theme with "Styles" in Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Personalization?...

It WOULD be nice if they'd switch the Start button. That's the only thing I'd hope for. The circular gem doesn't really fit with the slickness of the rest of the new superbar.

osm0sis said,
It WOULD be nice if they'd switch the Start button. That's the only thing I'd hope for. The circular gem doesn't really fit with the slickness of the rest of the new superbar.

Agreed. It needs to fit the squareness of the rest of the items.

gate1975mlm said,
I have inside info and yes there will be a UI change!! :)

That's strange. Because my neighbor's pet doctor has an ucle that know someone who works at MS and he said there won't be a UI change :?

dont you mean Ultimate Duds how can you claim a bunch of diferent language files are Ultimate Extra's thats just a load of old codz any way you want to sniff it

they are probably official releasing the pricing/version tier information

free upgrades for vista users because they are sorry that vista is so bad

Based on what? Your gut feeling? Win7 isn't in RC, which means features *could* still be added. Doubt it's a GUI change though.

I'm hoping the major announcement will be that Windows 7 will go RTM this May/June. That would be before my Technet Subscription expires and I can continue testing it as a completed build. Maybe Paul Thurrot was pretty close when he said that it would RTM early!

devHead said,
I'm hoping the major announcement will be that Windows 7 will go RTM this May/June. That would be before my Technet Subscription expires and I can continue testing it as a completed build. Maybe Paul Thurrot was pretty close when he said that it would RTM early!

We still have an RC to test.

reactionary007 said,
I'm thinking a price drop. Gotta be. Either that or something for business - where soooo many have stuck with XP up to this point.


The only reason a business is stuck with XP is due to legacy apps. Windows 7 being built on Vista isnt going to change that situation. If thats not the case then you arent stuck with XP you're business just decided to stay in the backwaters for an excessive amount of time because no one in y our IT department would take the initiative to try vista post launch or sp1 edition.

That's why MS has App-V and so on. Virtualisation is the way off the legacy problem.

Tossing in Virtual PC for free would be nice. If they can that is, might have legal problems with it from VMWare bitching.

Didn't Vista Ultimate feature something about virtualisation? Not a feature, but a licensing agreement that meant you could use it at no charge...

It might be related to older application compatibility..like they've made many many more XP compatible apps 7 compatible, shipping Virtual PC vNext as part of the OS, giving away App-V for free to end users or getting something back they removed.

It could be.... If it's a matter of double clicking an app, setting to "winxp" mode and it works with no more changes, then i'm so up for it. I'd switch everything I have to Win7 in a heartbeat!

I now have a feeling it'll be an announcement on what'll be available on downlevel OSes..WMP12. DirectX 11 for Vista. nothing for XP and so on.

I wounder if this announcement is Windows 7 is releasing sooner then expected? considering the great strides they are making with it, they might just skip RC1 and go straight to RTM. Although hell is more likely to freeze over then this happen :P

I wouldn't be too surprised; I'm testing 7068 and it's really amazing how stable it's running for me. My goodness, XP came out about 1 1/2 years after Windows 2000 (Feb 2000 - Oct 2001) since it was built on the same kernel. It's already been longer than that between Vista and 7.

devHead said,
I wouldn't be too surprised; I'm testing 7068 and it's really amazing how stable it's running for me. My goodness, XP came out about 1 1/2 years after Windows 2000 (Feb 2000 - Oct 2001) since it was built on the same kernel. It's already been longer than that between Vista and 7.


yes and it had all sorts of problems which were not solved untill sp2

mrp04 said,
Yeah its called the upgrade version and has been around for many past versions.

The upgrade is still fairly pricey. If it were $20, I'd probably consider it. If not, I'll stick with Vista.

Hak Foo said,
The upgrade is still fairly pricey. If it were $20, I'd probably consider it. If not, I'll stick with Vista.

Are you serious? $20? What the hell do you think an OS is?

It's still cheaper to get an OEM copy (ignoring legalities here) than to get a retail upgrade. I agree, the upgrade SHOULD be cheaper, a lot cheaper.

dead.cell said,
So ugly that just about every theme created is generally a clone... :P

Well it isn't like their recreating Aero from scratch. They're using Aero as the base theme so it goes without saying that the majority of the themes will look similar to the common base theme.

martinDTanderson said,
new UI to surplant Aero?

It doesn't even seem to be in the builds close to RC Escrow. So very, very doubtful.

they have already suprised the hell outa us with the performance..what else could they have to tell us...free upgrade for all vista users?

it's debatable weather it'd be "awesome" PR... it'd result in all the vista haters feeling vindicated every time they had a gripe about anyhting "I was right about vista and i'm right about this, mIcrosoft SUCKS!!!!" would be their rally cry.

Not that'd I'd turn down a free upgrade, jsut don't think it'd do them good PR, just give creedence to their critics, justified or not...and the justified are the microsocpic minority.

michael.dobrofsky said,
That would win them so many fans and awesome PR...but I doubt they will. Let's hope?

That would be awful nice... lol

I do wonder, though, if they consider Windows 7 a "free" update to all vista users, they could probably save a lot of money on support costs by simply ending support for Vista early, but they'd lose a lot of sales from potential upgrades.

Intelman said,
What is something major that they could announce? There can't be very many surprises left, if anything.

Well, that's why it's a surprise

Intelman said,
What is something major that they could announce? There can't be very many surprises left, if anything.


WinFS + GUI Changes :-)

Hopefully it's that everyone gets a free upgrade from Vista so they can send it right in the crapper where it should be. Windows 7 is really what Vista should have been. Running it now and I really really prefer it to Vista.

Grandaevus said,
Hopefully it's that everyone gets a free upgrade from Vista so they can send it right in the crapper where it should be. Windows 7 is really what Vista should have been. Running it now and I really really prefer it to Vista.

So true...

Intelman said,
What is something major that they could announce? There can't be very many surprises left, if anything.

I hope that the surprise is week numbers in the taskbar's calendar. We need them! It would be so easy to code that feature...let's hope the best.
Maybe the surprise could also be correct meaning of kilobytes, megabytes, etc. Current versions of Windows are showing file sizes INCORRECTLY. I have a 320 gigabyte HDD, but according to Windows, it is not a 320 gigabyte HDD!

Listening to Windows Weekly this week Paul Thurott also mentioned some kind of big hush hush news he couldn't disclose yet as well. I'm intrigued...